As an employer, you are quite aware of the wide range of services that are available to help you meet your staffing needs. Did you know that there are programs that supply:
- ✓ Skills assessments
- ✓ Educational assessments and training
- ✓ One-on-one supportive services
- ✓ Job readiness training and placement
- ✓ Vocational training
- ✓ Mentoring
- ✓ Connections to other resources in the community
At no cost to you, the employer? Since 2003, non-profit, community and national organizations, and local government agencies have received funding from the Federal government and private foundations to help justice-involved individuals secure and retain employment. They do the hard part of identifying the right candidates and preparing them for your workplace. An important part of their job is to continue supporting your new employee(s) and you after candidates have been placed. They are basically full-service staffing agencies.
Data indicates that individuals who participate in these programs do better in the workplace. In 2001, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, and a consortium of private foundations funded a 3-year reentry research initiative—Ready4Work—that provided transitional services, mentoring, and employment services to individuals returning from prison. The results were excellent. Data demonstrated that individuals returning from prison who connected with the organizations providing these services returned to prison 44 percent less than than the national average rate of recidivism (Former President George Bush, 2003 State of the Union Address).
Since 2009, over 1,000 grantees have provided services in 49 states and the District of Columbia. These entities, which supply training, employment services, and post-employment support, have contributed to the successful re-integration of formerly incarcerated individuals returning to society. Their efforts have supported the development of a labor pool that is available, pre-screened, qualified, and skilled.
These organizations are ready to connect you to your future employees. Visit Ready, Set, Go! to start a new hiring process that will help eliminate your staffing costs while introducing you to a pool of viable candidates for your open positions.